Practice Hours and Building Habits


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You guys.  We made it! The end of our journey. The end of the road?

As a child of the 90’s I can’t help but think of Boyz II men

Although we’ve come to the end of the road. . .

I’m so proud of us. I hope you have been able to make some good progress on your “elephant”. I know I actually have so thank you for joining along with Christa and I.

Yesterday, Christa shared an awesome Success Checklist that really summarizes some of our biggest tips and takeaways. If you didn’t get it yet, head over there and download a copy.

Today I just want to both challenge and hopefully encourage you.

Taking on a big “elephant”; project, challenge whatever you want to call it can feel overwhelming but the biggest but it IS possible to overcome and accomplish our goals. One. Bite. At. A. Time.

I wish I could say that it will be easy but the truth is that it takes building habits and practice.

I mentioned I’m working on a book. I’m not a naturally gifted writer so I’ve had to take time to really hone the craft. One way I’ve started practicing writing is reading through the Artist’s Way and doing morning pages. Basically, just free-form writing of several pages. Sometimes its fun but most of the time it’s painful, arduous, boring. But it’s also helped.

Its possible your elephant may require intentional practice hours that will become new habits.

In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell states that it takes about ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. Ten thousand. Maybe you’re not trying to master any particular field but maybe you are trying to master your clutter or your laundry :/ . In any case accomplishing your goal will require discipline, action, work.

There’s no way around it. We’re going to have to take intentional bites out of our elephant.

The good news, if it’s important enough to us, we’ll find a way to make time and put in the work.

Hopefully you have found some of the tips we’ve shared this month helpful.

Now take some time to celebrate your bites, even if that elephant isn’t completely done, I’ll be you’re at least off to a good start. And feel free to refer back to the series for help with future “elephants”.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:4

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